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Learning to Ski on Cypress Mountain

I’ve always wanted to properly learn how to ski. The closest I ever got was going on a school trip to Austria but the slopes were icy, I was completely out of shape, and the bigger kids found it super funny to knock me over every chance they got. Skip 20 years (wow) and I’ve finally found time to pick up where I left off, surrounded by a much more pleasant group. I joined a Discovery camp at Cypress Mountain, British Columbia, a scenic 25 minute drive from my home in North  ...

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Navigating a Toddler’s Fears

My daughter is at the age where monsters under the bed are becoming very real. Her capacity for imagination is developing and it’s all very new and worrying to her. Somewhere around two to three years old, children learn to be anxious and afraid of things, even if it’s entirely  ...

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Monster Trucks and Hair Cuts

I need a haircut. My greys are showing and it keeps curling in weird directions. Every time I get used to a new barber, they move, quit, or just plain disappear. Do they know how hard it is to find the right person with the exact right balance of knowing exactly how to cut my hair, to keep the  ...

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